Last week The Weeknd invited us to listen to his new album Kiss Land in London (the first time he’d played the album anywhere), during the playback Abel also shared his new video for ‘Belong To The World’, the second single lifted off of his debut. Appearing via Skype from Los Angeles (where he was mastering the new record), Tesfaye explained that early incarnations of the song heavily influenced the tone and mood of the entire record. The industrial production on ‘Belong To The World’ is reflective of Kiss Land’s more abrasive sound; Much of the album is focused on harsher, more electronic sounds which are centred around Abel’s soaring falsetto.
Watch the video in full over at MTV.
The Weeknd follows up the global success of his Trilogy epilogue with ‘Kiss Land’, his latest venture into the aphotic crevasses of R&B. The songs video (perhaps not suitable for office hours) is a sordid look into Abel’s debauched fantasies, juxtaposed between naked girls in a sex club and Japanese cartoons.
‘Hedron’ is the first piece of new music we’ve heard from Toronto outfit BADBADNOTGOOD since the release of their BBNG2 album last year. Like all of their work up til’ now, ‘Hedron’ is heavily rooted in spacey jazz and hip hop – but this record ups the stakes. Their growth over the past year has evidently allowed them to confidently build an epic centrepiece of warm basslines, soulful guitars, melancholiac keys and heroic drums. Seriously, those drums.
‘Hedron’ is available for free via BBNG’s website and will feature on the their forthcoming second album expected later this year.
Banks works her magic on Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’ and in doing so transforms the 80’s classic into a more characteristically darker affair. Her infatuating and distinct voice carries with it a fresh ethos that naturally seems to translates over the songs brooding canvas from which she administers her compelling charm. Listen and download for free below.
Last week we introduced newcomer Elliott Power, a West London singer/producer who’s debut single ‘Sink/Swim’ we became quickly enamoured with. Today he returns with a new and even more elaborate single titled ‘Saw [Did]’. The track reasserts Elliott’s apparent thirst to combine generational hallmarks into new vividly shaped rearrangements. Like it’s predecessor ‘Saw [Did]’ combines a plethora of ideologies and in this particular instance (and perhaps rather oddly) makes me wonder what Pharrell Williams (circa ’02) would have sounded like on Grace Jones’ Hurricane album.
‘Stay Forever’ is the mesmerising new single from London based producer Catching Flies. The songs multi-layered mindset provides a rich soundbed from which the 22-year old blends docile keys and ambient synths with electronic glitches and beats.
A looped vocal begins an ornate serenade that in parts burst out like a Sade soul-cry and in others can be traced back to the unique musings of artists like Ghostpoet and King Krule. The song concludes in a spellbinding sax solo ending what can only be described as a riveting experience.
‘Stay Forever’ is taken off Catching Flies forthcoming EP The Long Journey Home, due out June 17th.
Earlier this week L.A based singer and self-producing artist Sunni Colón shared his latest offering from his forthcoming free album The Els Flower’s. Following last years Dearly Beloved mixtape, Colón has come gone away crafting a more eclectic and polished sound. Arresting in it’s own right ‘Karma’ is an alluring voyage made up of stuttered keys, weeping guitars and Colón’s softly gravelled vocal tone. It’s a record that clearly cities Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE as an influence, but one that still highlights Sunni’s own musical instincts.
Not since A$AP Rocky has a rapper created such a simultaneous buzz on and offline like Chance the Rapper is generating right now. Currently courted by every major label in the U.S and hot off the heels of his recently released Acid Rap mixtape, the Chicago born emcee teams up producer Nosaj Thing for the latest installement of YoursTruly’s ‘Songs from Scratch’ series. ‘Paranoia’, which features in-part on Chance’s aforementioned mixtape (see: ‘Pusha Man’) marries Nosaj Thing’s off-kilter beat wizardry with the rappers multi-layered, multi-personality wordplay.
‘Sink/Swim’ is the enigmatic debut single from West London newcomer Elliott Power. The brooding track builds over a complex autonomy of diverse and conflicting sounds. It manages to adorn the shifting rhythmic remnants of post-90’s trip-hop, while being absorbed by the melodious structure and layered harmonies of post-modern R&B. It’s celestial disposition, rumbling sub-bass frequencies and tribal influence endows ‘Sink/Swim’ in a great deal of chrisma and energy.